What is ABCD?

What is Asset Based Community Development (ABCD)?

ABCD is a set of values and principles which:

  • Sees individuals and communities as active participants in the design and delivery of health and well-being, rather than passive recipients of health services.
  • Promotes community networks, relationships and friendships that can provide caring, mutual help and empowerment.
  • Identifies what has the potential to improve health and well-being
  • Supports individuals’ health and well-being through self- esteem, coping strategies, resilience skills, relationships, friendships, knowledge and personal resources
  • Empowers communities to control their futures and create tangible resources such as services, funds and buildings
  • The ABCD approach focuses on identifying community health-enhancing ‘assets’ and strengths rather than problems and needs (i.e. 'deficits').

What is an Asset?

An asset can be a number of things, including;

  1. Assets of local institutions (e.g., universities) and businesses.
  2. Groups and Associations - these groups and networks might be formal or informal.
  3. Individual assets - these might include skills, talents and capabilities.
  4. Economic Resources
  5. Physical Assets, such as buildings (e.g., a place of worship, a village hall, a school and a leisure centre) and Spaces (e.g., a park, nature reserve, lakes, reservoirs and fields).

Find out more about ABCD

Watch Cormac Russell (a faculty member of the ABCD Institute) talk about ABCD

Extra Resources

Check out these links that will provide you with everything you need to know about ABCD.

  1. http://nurturedevelopment.org/building-communities.html
  2. http://www.abcdinstitute.org/

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